What is World Vision doing to close the gap?
Since 1974, World Vision Australia has been working closely with Indigenous communities and charities to support the realisation of their aspirations and goals. Collaboratively, we explore and create solutions to the challenges they face and develop ways forward that are tailored and adapted to local contexts to close the gap.
At World Vision Australia, we are committed to listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to reduce the inequality affecting communities and to work towards closing the gap.
How do we achieve change in communities?
We strongly believe that a community-led development model is the most effective way of achieving long-term, sustainable change. We also bring our expertise from international development and tailor it to the needs of each Indigenous community with whom we partner.
This allows us to ensure communities are supported to achieve their own development goals, can build on their own strengths and actively create meaningful solutions to their own challenges. As a part of our pledge to helping the world’s most vulnerable children, we are committed to listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
This is because listening well goes to the core of our approach – building trust and strong relationships – that form the foundation for achieving positive outcomes and lasting change.
For more information, see the Executive Summary of the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report here.
How are Indigenous Australians disadvantaged?
Closing the gap statistics
- 20% of four to five-years-olds are not attending preschool*
- 38% of job-seekers do not complete Year 12**
- 43% of Year 4 students fall beneath the low benchmark for reading**
- 59% of the Australian youth detention population is Indigenous**
*Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (2018), “Report Card 2018: The Wellbeing of Young Australians”
**Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (2017), “Australia’s Welfare: Community factors and Indigenous wellbeing”